Friday, July 8, 2011

Poetry Friday - A review of Hey There Stink Bug!

Ever since I had a pet beetle when I was five, I have had a fascination with, and abiding respect for, insects. They come in so many shapes, colors, and sizes, and they have managed to adapt to incredibly harsh conditions in many parts of the world.

Today's poetry title is a kind of Ode To Insects, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Leslie Bulion
Illustrator:  Leslie Evans
Poetry
For ages 8 to 12
Charlesbridge, 2006, 978-1580893046
We are going to take a journey into the world of insects, those creatures that  have been around for "four hundred million years evolving" and that can do all kinds of remarkable and unexpected things.
   So off we go to explore the lives and worlds of stink bugs, aphids, bombardier beetles, flies, caterpillars, antlions, fireflies, and many others. Who would have thought that there could be so many kinds of flies, and did you know that aphid mothers give birth to "clones" of themselves? Imagine what it would be like to shoot "boiling hot acid" at ones enemies, and did you know that insects can send out chemical signals to warn and inform others of their kind?
   Not only are these poems informative and entertaining, but many of them are also visual, the author using her words to create pictures on the pages. In addition, to accompany many of the poems, the author provides further information about the insects described in the poems. Finally, the author has written some "Poetry Notes" that describe the poetry forms that she used in each of the nineteen poems in the book.
   To provide a fitting backdrop and accompaniment to the poems, Leslie Evans has created beautiful print like illustrations executed in bright colors and bold lines. They are perfect gems, just like the insects whose lives are presented in the poems.

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